Wednesday, 18 July 2012



That evening Hockney found himself at "The Choughs" with half a dozen others. Patty was in the bar by herself, looking prettier than ever. One by one the rest of the men dropped off, the last saying, "Are you coming, Hockney?" and being answered in the negative. Kitaj had repeatedly told Hockney how pretty Patty was. At first the rubber slave had been worried by this but now he'd come up with a plan to eliminate her as a love rival. Patty may have been a girl but that didn't mean he couldn't seduce her and make her fall in love with him!

He sat still, watching Patty as she flitted about, washing up the ale glasses and putting them on their shelves, and getting out her work basket; and then she came and sat down in her aunt's chair opposite him, and began stitching away demurely at an apron she was making. Then he broke silence:

"Where's your aunt to-night, Patty?"

"Oh, she has gone away for a few days, for a visit to some friends."

"You and I will keep house, then, together; you shall teach me all the tricks of the trade. I shall make a famous barman, don't you think?"

"You must learn to behave better, then. But I promised aunt to shut up at nine; so you must go when it strikes. Now promise me you will go."

"Go at nine! what, in half an hour? The first evening I have ever had a chance of spending alone with you; do you think it likely?" and he looked into her eyes. She turned away with a slight shiver, and a deep blush.

His nervous system had been so unusually excited in the last few days by the fear that he was going to lose Kitaj's affections as they slowly turned towards this kitten, that Hockney seemed to know everything that was passing in her mind. He took her hand. "Why, Patty, you're not afraid of me, surely?" he said, gently.

"No, not when you're like you are now. But you frightened me just this minute. I never saw you look so before. Has anything happened to you?"

"No, nothing. Now then, we're going to have a jolly evening, and play Darby and Joan together," he said, turning away, and going to the bar window; "shall I shut up, Patty?"

"No, it isn't nine yet; somebody may come in."

"That's just why I mean to put the shutters up; I don't want anybody."

"Yes, but I do, though. Now I declare, Mr. Hockney, if you go on shutting up, I'll run into the kitchen and sit with Dick."

"Why will you call me 'Mr. Hockney'?"

"Why, what should I call you?"

"Hockney, of course."

"Oh, I never! one would think you was my brother," said Patty, looking up with a pretty pertness which she had a most bewitching way of putting on. Hockney's rejoinder, and the little squabble which they had afterwards about where her work-table should stand, and other such matters, may be passed over. At last he was brought to reason, and to anchor opposite this enchantress, the work-table between them; and he sat leaning back in his chair and watching her, as she stitched away without ever lifting her eyes. He was in no hurry to break the silence. The position was particularly fascinating to him, for he had scarcely ever yet had a good look at her before, without fear of attracting attention, or being interrupted. At last he roused himself.

"Do you know what BDSM is, Patty?" he said, sitting up.

"There now, I've won," she laughed; "I said to myself I wouldn't speak first, and I haven't. What a time you were. I thought you would never begin."

"You're a little goose! Now I begin then; what do you know about BDSM?"

“I know all about that. Your friend Kitaj was in here earlier on telling me all about your activities with him as a rubber slave!”

"What, Kitaj?"

"Yes, that's it; he was here about half-past six, and--"

"What, Kitaj here?" interrupted Hockney, utterly astonished.

"Yes, he's been here two or three times lately."

"The deuce he has!"

"Yes, and he talks so pleasant to aunt, too. I'm sure he is a very nice gentleman, after all. He sat and talked tonight for half an hour, I should think."

"What did he talk about?" said Hockney, with a sneer.

"Oh, he asked me whether I was a virgin, and if I had a boyfriend, and all about my sexual preferences, and made me feel quite pleasant. He is so nice and quiet and respectful, not like most of you. I'm going to like him very much, as you told me some time ago."

"I don't tell you so now."

"But you did say he was your great friend."

"Well, he isn't that now."

"What, have you had a quarrel?"


"Dear; dear; how odd you gentlemen are!"

"Why, it isn't a very odd thing for men to quarrel, is it?"

"No, not in the public room. They're always quarrelling there, over their drink and the bagatelle-board; and Dick has to turn them out. But gentlemen ought to know better."

"They don't, you see, Patty."

"But what did you quarrel about?"


"How can I guess? What was it about?"

"About you. Well we haven’t yet but we will do when I see him"

"About me!" she said, looking up from her work in wonder. "How could you quarrel about me?"

"Well, I'll tell you; until I met Kitaj I though I was gay and then he showed me in BDSM there is no gay or straight. Now I want you to be my master. What do you think of that?"

They sat still for some minutes. Evil thoughts crowded into Hockney's head. He was in the humour for thinking evil thoughts, and, putting the worst construction on Kitaj's visits, fancied his master fancied Patty more than a man like himself. Hockney did not trust himself to speak till he had mastered his precious discovery, and put it away in the back of his heart, and weighed it down there with a good covering of hatred and revenge, to be brought out as occasion should serve. He was plunging down rapidly enough now; but he had new motives for making the most of his time, and never played his cards better or made more progress. When a man sits down to such a game, the devil will take good care he shan't want cunning or strength.

Hockney talked Patsy into putting on a record and dancing with him. They cleared some tables and waved their arms and legs around to Hound Dog by Elvis Presley.

"Thanks for the dance," Hockney blurted as the song ended.

"Hey!" Patty grabbed Hockney's arm. "You think I'm going to bite?"

She lifted her arms up as if to put them around Hockney’s neck and waited. What could he do? He walked into her and put his arms around her waist as she draped her arms around his neck.

Although he preferred men Hockney was got an instant stiffy.

"Mmmmm," Patty cooed as she snuggled her chin on Hockney’s shoulder.

He gazed for a moment at the metal stud in her tongue and thought you will be assimilated, resistance is futile. Patty squeezed even tighter. For a skinny girl, she sure seemed strong. She rubbed her pelvis against Hockney’s, rolling his boner around between his upper thighs.

Then Patty’s and Hockney’s lips were pressing into each other. Hockney thought the stud on Patty's tongue felt weird every time his tongue slid over it.

“Let’s go to one of the upstairs bedrooms!” Patty hissed

"Yeah, but what about Kitaj?" Hockney asked.

Patty rolled Hockney’s boner against her crotch and said, "Forget Kitaj for now!" Then Patty stuck her tongue in Hockney’s ear and licked all around the ridges for a few seconds. He almost had an orgasm just standing right there!

"C'mon! I promise you an hour of pleasure like you've never had and never will have again. Don't pass it up." Patty lisped

Hockney followed Patty up two fights of stairs to one of the pub’s special rooms.

"Uh, mind if I use the bathroom?" Hockney asked pointing to the master bathroom through a door in the bedroom.

"Not that one," she said. "That's for women only. Use the one down the hall."

Hockney shrugged, wondering why an en suit room would have a women's only john; but he followed Patty’s directions, took a shit, and returned to find her tall, skinny, ashen body already naked in bed. Her skimpy top, her black leather skirt, her fishnet stockings, and her shoes were in a pile on the seat of a chair in front of a wide sliding glass door that opened out onto a huge balcony. Hockney thought it odd he didn't see a bra or panties among the discarded garmentry.

"C'mon!" Patty said. "I've felt how big and stiff it is. Now I want to see my prize."

Hockney kicked off his shoes, removed his shirt, then his socks, and finally his pants. "Is this what you wanted to see?"

"Yeah! Bring it to me, baby!"

Hockney climbed into bed with Patty and they were immediately swapping spit, her ashen skin and black lipstick no longer a concern. His cock just needed to take a plunge -- nothing else mattered. He rolled her onto her back and began to suck her perky little titties. Her nipples were little more than tiny red pimples, but Hockney managed to give them a tad more fullness as she cooed, "Ooh!" and "Ahh!"

Hockney started to crawl lower, but Patty pushed him onto his side and said, "Want to fuck my mouth?"

"Wow!" Hockney gasped. Did she really mean that? Does she really know what it means to have a guy fuck her mouth? "Yeah!"

Patty rolled flat on her back, stretching her arms over her head, and said, "Go ahead! Have at me!"

"You really want me to?"

"Yeah! Like my mouth was a pussy. Go ahead! Don't hold back!" Then she faced straight up at the ceiling and opened her mouth wide.

Hockney couldn't believe it. He swung a leg over her head and settled onto her, facing her crotch. He slid his cock into Patty’s gaping mouth, then slammed his pelvis down, pressing his crotch tightly to her lips, before she could change her mind.

Hockney felt his cock twist sharply at the back of Patty’s mouth - as it slid past her throat and down her gullet. She began bucking wildly under him, nearly throwing him off her a few times. There was no way she was going to make him disengage before he was fully satisfied. He didn't even have to pump her mouth -- her strenuous gag reflex did all the work, milking his cock far more tightly than any pussy, hand, or asshole ever could.

"Oh! Oh! Oh!" Hockney groaned as he flooded Patty’s throat with his spunk. Her continuing gagging and squeezing of his cock drew more cum from him than he could have ever produced with his own hands. He just kept coming and coming and coming,

Hockney pulled his cock out of her mouth and rolled off her, panting. After a few seconds, he sat up and said, "Patty! Wow!"

Patty didn't answer.

"My God! Patty! PATTY!" She was out cold. Hockney ran to the bathroom and found a cup. he filled it with water, ran back, and splashed it on her face. He slapped her face a few times and she started to cough and sputter.

"Patty! I'm sorry! I..."

"It's okay," she said and coughed for a while. Then she grinned wide and said, "But now it's my turn."

"What do you mean?" Hockney asked. "Now we fuck normally, right? But I don't think I have any more spunk left in me after that."

"No! Now I ride you and you make me come with your mouth."

"Sure," Hockney agreed

"You'll love this!" Patty pushed Hockney onto his back. In an instant she had straddled his head, hovering her ass just inches above his face. He was staring into in the thickest, blackest muff hair ever known to man. Her pussy was the merest slit between her twin mounds. And she had a little tattoo of a unicorn on the inner surface of her ass cheek with its horn about to impale her anus.

"Ready?" she asked.

"Yeah!" Hockney said.

Patty sat on his face. Hockney’s nose was shoved up her asshole, and her pussy was pressed tightly to his mouth.

Patty squeezed Hockney’s nose with her anal sphincter and said, "Make me come, Hockney. You're not taking another breath until I come."

Hockney felt Patty swing her legs straight out in front of her along the sides of his body. Her pussy mounds twisted his lips under her weight as she swung her legs around. The pressure on his face increased, and it quickly dawn on him that his visage was supporting her full weight. Despite her slight build, her full weight on his skull was crushing and painful.

Hockney slid his tongue up between her tight rubbery pussy lips and tasted the musky wetness within. He slid his tongue up and down her pussy and in and out of the hole a few times. Then he found her clit. He flicked it a few times with his tongue, then drew it into his mouth between his lips.

Hockney’s lungs were already gasping for air, and so he tried to motion her with my hands to let him take a breath, but his arms were pinned at his sides under her legs. Hockney had no choice but to continue working her clit. With her clit pulled into his mouth, he swirled and flicked it with his tongue. She began to moan, "Oh! Ah! Ohhh! Aaaaah!" as Hockney batted her clit with his tongue.

Hockney was on the verge of passing out when Patty started to quake on his face and gushed a heavy stream of pussy juice into his mouth. Then the taste hit him. It wasn't pussy juice. She was pissing into his mouth as she came. Hockney struggled to get Patty to stop, but his head was pinned under her ass, and his arms were still pinned under her legs. Just when Hockney was on the verge of blacking out, Patty fell forward onto him.

"Whoa!" she said. "You're good!"

"Aaaaaah!" Hockney said, his mouth was full of pee and he couldn't say anything else.

Patty turned and sat up on Hockney's chest looking down at him.

"Ahhh! Ahhh!" Hockney said, pushing her to get off him.

"No! I'm not getting off."

"Ahhh! Ahhh!" Hockney said again pointing into his mouth. He so wanted to spit her waste out of his mouth.

"No, Hockney! Swallow it. I'm sitting right here until it's all gone."

So Hockney swallowed her filth.

"There," Patty said, "That wasn't so bad, was it?"

"But why'd you pee in my mouth? And why wouldn't you let me get up to spit it out?"

"I pee during powerful orgasms. And you gave me one of the most powerful orgasms ever!"

"I, uh, well..."

"And I swallowed your cum. So you can swallow my pee."

"I guess so..." Hockney figured Patty had a point there. Even though cum wasn't exactly waste.

"Besides, haven't you ever heard of water sports?"

"Well, yeah," Hockney said. "But to date I’ve only been a piss toy for men, and that’s different."

"And what did it taste like to you?" she asked.

"It didn't taste like anything, really. I guess it wasn't so bad. But girl pee is still different to man piss."

“Kitaj told me about using you as a piss toy. He said he’d give you the idea that he fancied m. He wanted you to want to fuck me. And after I’d done the shag-nasty with you he told me to pass on the message there is no gay or straight in BDSM - only mind games!"

It was ten o'clock instead of nine before Hockney left, which he did with a feeling of defeat and tears in his eyes. Hockney walked quickly to Kitaj’s pad. But Kitaj was out and the next day Hockney dared not go and confront him over Patty and his sexual orientation. Deeper and deeper yet for the next few days, downwards and ever faster downwards Hockney plunged, the light getting fainter and ever fainter above his head. Little good can come of dwelling on those days. He left off pulling himself off, shunned his old friends, and drank with the very worst men he knew in college, who were ready enough to let him share all their brutal fun.

Boshier, who was often present, wondered at the change, which he saw plainly enough. He was sorry for it in his way, but it was no business of his. He began to think that Hockney was a good enough fellow before, but would make a devilish disagreeable one if he was going to turn into a misery guts crying for attention by threatening suicide. But everything returned to normal when Hockney received a note from Kitaj saying he’d been a bad rubber slave but his phony punishment of banishment was over and now he must return to his master for a beating.

Wednesday, 11 July 2012



Hockney went to Kitaj’s bedsit in high spirits, humming the air of a popular song. Kitaj was sitting with some cold tea poured out, but untasted, before him, and no books open - a very unusual thing with him at night. But Hockney either did not or would not notice that there was anything unusual.

Hockney seated himself and began gossiping away as fast as he could, without looking much at the other. He began by recounting all the complimentary things that had been said by Paolozzi and others of Kitaj's BDSM mastery. Then he went on to describe the supper party he’d just attended; what a jolly evening they had had; he did not remember anything so pleasant since he had been up at the RCA, and he retailed the speeches, and named the best songs. "You really ought to have been there. Why didn't you come? Boshier sent over for you. I'm sure every one wished you had been there. Didn't you get his message?"

"I didn't feel up to going," said Kitaj.

"There's nothing the matter, eh?" said Hockney, as the thought crossed his mind that perhaps Kitaj had hurt himself in some particularly hardcore BDSM session.

"No, nothing," answered the other.

Hockney tried to make play again, but soon came to an end of his talk. It was impossible to make head against that cold silence. At last he stopped, looked at Kitaj for a minute, who was staring abstractedly at the sword over his mantel-piece, and then said:

"There is something the matter, though. Don't sit glowering as if you had swallowed a furze bush. Why you haven't been smoking Mother Charge, old boy?" he added, getting up and putting his hand on the others shoulder. "I see that's it. Here, take one of my weeds, they're mild. Mother Charge allows two of these a day."

"No, thank'ee," said Kitaj, rousing himself; "Mother Charge hasn't interfered with my mood, and I wil  have a pipe, for I think I want it."

"Well, I don't see that it does you any good," said Hockney, after watching him fill and light, and smoke for some minutes without saying a word. "Here, I've not managed to say the one thing I had at heart. You are in the the best bondage and rubber master in the whole of London!”

"Well," said Kitaj, making a great effort; "the real fact is I have something, and something very serious to say to you."

"Then I'm not going to listen to it," broke in Hockney; "I'm not serious, and I won't be serious, and no one shall make me serious tonight. It's no use, so don't look glum.”

“I have every reason to look glum, my rich friend with the BDSM dungeon just spent a fortune to try a new perversion and it all went wrong. He’d read an anthology of short stories entitled Egyptian Mummy Porn that extolled the virtues of doing necrophilia with mouldy oldies rather than fresh corpses. He was convinced that it was worth parting with thousands of guineas for an ancient Egyptian mummy so that he might have sex with it.”

“I wish I’d been there to see it!” Hockney interjected.

“Well I was there and I wish I hadn’t been!” Kitaj replied. “When my pal tried to hump the mummy it disintegrated and we all inhaled this horrible black dust. It was indescribably disgusting and now I think we’re cursed!”

“Don’t believe those old wives tales? You’ll be fine after a good sleep. And tell me more about this Egyptian Mummy Porn anthology? Who is behind it?”

“It was edited by an American fella called Blaster Al Ackerman. He also wrote the best story in it The Ecstasy of Macaroni.”

“Do you have a copy of the book I could borrow?”

“No, I read my friend’s copy.”

“Do you have anything by Ackerman?” Hockney persisted.

“Just this.” Kitaj hissed as he picked a thin pamphlet and handed it to Hockney. “You can borrow it if you’ll just go home to read it and leave me in peace.”

Hockney agreed to this condition and although he felt sorry for his friend, he skipped through south Kensington thinking he’d just acquired a fantastic one-handed read. Hockney undressed and got into bed naked. He had tissues beside him to clean up whatever mess he might make as he worked his way through Blaster Al Ackerman’s story. This is what Hockney read:

2976 Vienna Sausages by Blaster Al Ackerman

My friend Plopman had inherited his optimistic, visionary spirit from his father, who had been able  to see little iridescent and transparent winged  things crawling up his legs... up everybody’s legs.  Plopman’s own gift lay less in the realm of second-sight, more in the area of transcendental theory and extra-practical application of the same.  That is to say, Plopman was an inventor with lots of ideas that didn’t always work out the way they were supposed to. For example, one of the ideas he developed when he was living on the second floor of the Dunlap Commercial House between Tenth and Eleventh on Omaha Street had to do with putting together a suit made entirely out of vienna sausages.

It wasn’t that Plopman was overly, or even particularly, fond of vienna sausages. But he did have his eye on the hefty blonde who occupied the room just opposite his across the court. She was a gym teacher or something. Over a period of months Plopman had tried every trick he knew to get her to be as interested in peeping across into his room as he was in peeping across into hers. These included such old reliable attention-grabbers as 1) doing nude exercises all night long in front of his window with the shade up and a flashlight gripped  between his teeth, 2) standing on one leg on his chair for hours like a stork, and 3) anything else he could think of. All to no avail; not only did his attractive neighbor refuse to glance his way, she seemed to be making a deliberate point of refusing to glance his way. Things were starting to look hopeless until Plopman had his great inspiration for constructing a suit built entirely out of vienna sausages. That would rivet her attention, he told himself. Once he exhibited himself at the window attired in the splendor of his vienna sausage suit, she would no longer be able to resist him.  He immediately plunged in and set to work on it, exhilarated.

The exact number of Vienna sausages needed for such an undertaking came to 2,976. And so, inasmuch as Plopman was highly unskilled when it came to handling a needle and thread, and found the stubby, slippery little franks devilishly tricky to keep a grip on, it took him a long, hard time to stitch his suit together. About two years, all told. Which soon brought to light a number of problems he had failed to anticipate. To begin with, there was the problem of how rapidly and thoroughly a suit built entirely out of unrefrigerated finger-food can spoil, to say nothing of how oppressive this can grow to be over a period of two years, particularly in the confines of one small room during the summer months. Long before Plopman reached the stage where he could try his suit on in front of the mirror and see how spiffy it looked, the 2,976 Vienna sausages had gone to pot and were frankly reeking. The smell was cloying and pervasive — worse than a fart in a phone booth. As a result, Plopman spent a lot of time in the bathroom feeling ill.

One month — two — three, the foulness intensified, and spread, far beyond the four walls of Plopman’s room. Flies soon became a big problem. Some of them came from as far away as Eberley’s Meat Market, on Shook Avenue, drawn in swarms as if by a powerful fly-magnet. Thanks to their presence, Plopman’s room took on the air of an unmucked stable, or abattoir. Also, hardly a moment passed when Plopman could not cock his ear and catch, floating up from below stairs, the plaintive yowls of most of the neighborhood cat population, who had taken to worshipping his suit from afar; to them, the redolence of the 2,976 fetid little sausages was more exciting than even the dumpsters out back in the alley or the grease traps at Church’s Fried Chicken two blocks over on Tenth and Vine, which was saying something. Plopman had never liked cats and it made him nervous to think of them down there now, clinging to the back screen at all hours as they yearned after his weenies. He began, rather morbidly, to fantasize, picturing to himself what might happen if the whole hairy-tailed gang of them ever succeeded in breaking down the back door and came pouncing up the stairs, intent on flensing him of his suit. Plopman’s eyes darted feverishly and there was much dark brooding over the cat situation.

Not that it ultimately made much difference one way or the other, but given the continual strain and fatigue he was under, Plopman couldn’t help experiencing certain mental lapses. As the months wore on, there were moments when he found himself sliding right off the end of the map, as the early cartographers might have put it. One day he had been hard at work on the left sleeve of his suit for nine straight hours and the flies were out in force, so he was doing a lot of swatting and mumbling, when he looked up, and there was Mr. Greenberger, his old high school shop teacher, stepping out of the wall, apparently unaffected by the passage of years, or, for that matter, by the fact that he, Mr. Greenberger, had been deceased and buried for the past seventeen of them.

“Mr. Greenberger,” Plopman said.

“Hello, birdbrain,” Mr. Greenberger said, and waggled his tongue suggestively.

Plopman didn’t know what to say, so he said: “How’d you get in my wall?”

Instead of bothering to tender a direct answer to this question, Mr. Greenberger held out his arms and looked at them. They were covered with black bristles. “When I see my arms,” he whispered rather horridly: ” — when I see my arms I see as if a cat was wedded to a fly. Sometimes it would have the cat head and the fly body. Sometimes it would have the fly head and the cat body. Well? So what?” Then he looked at Plopman and laughed like a loon, and then he stepped back into the wall.

At such moments as these — and there came to be more and more of them as time went along — Plopman would press his knuckles against his temples and decide he needed to take a few days off from his suit — kick back and chill out. Nothing simple about putting together a suit of 2,976 Vienna sausages; it could wear a man out. But it was toward the end of the first year, when the suit was only half done, October or thereabouts, that Plopman suffered what was perhaps his worst set-back: the blonde across the courtyard moved out. Evidently she was gone for good, and her room was soon taken over by a retired army man who drank bourbon and 7-Up all day and fell asleep with a lit cigarette at four every afternoon and set his bed on fire. Coming awake to find his mattress smoldering or his pillow lightly ablaze he would holler, “Help! Where am I? Am I in hell?” He seemed a tormented individual, not at all an attractive or satisfactory replacement for the hefty blonde

So at the end of two years (or twenty-three months, three weeks and four days, if you want to be perfectly accurate about it) when the big day finally arrived and he could at last don his suit for the first time, Plopman felt like he’d climbed Everest or something. Dressed, standing there with the 2,976 Vienna sausages actually encasing his body in their slimy embrace, Plopman found the proximity virtually overwhelming in terms of aroma, and for several minutes he had to fight hard to keep from passing out. Up that close the fumes made his eyes leak and run like a pair of badly cracked eggs.

Once he managed to get his eyes focused, and the flies shooed away, and could see himself in the closet mirror he felt immediately reassured. His suit was everything he had hoped it would be, and more. Massive, streaky pink in color, glistening squamously, it made him look as though he were festooned in all the foreskins a busy hospital might hope to harvest in a year’s time — or like a high priest of the White Worm Cult of Eastern Thrace — or like something huge and blobby grown with steroids in a vat — or... Plopman ran out of superlatives at this point, and as he stood there quietly savoring his triumph, Mrs. Dunlap, the mad fretful old landlady, banged on his door with her cane and then rattled the knob. Fortunately, the door was locked; even so, it made Plopman jump; this, in turn, caused his suit to sway to and fro around him, and as it did so, there was a faint but audible squish-squish sound. The mixed feelings engendered in Plopman’s mind by this sound may be well imagined by anyone who has ever cleaned and prepared a tub of eels.

“Mr. Plopman! Mr. Plopman! What smells dead in there? Are you boiling your shorts again?”

“No, I’m not, Mrs. Dunlap. Everything is fine in here.”

Plopman groaned. He had been afraid all along that this was going to happen, mostly because of how, over the last two years, ever since the stench had first started getting out of hand, Mrs. Dunlap had been coming around about once a day, regular as Queen Estrus, to bang on Plopman’s door with her cane and pester him about what smelled “dead” in his room. To make matters worse, or anyhow more ridiculous, she had somehow got it into her head that Plopman was engaged in the exotic practice of “boiling” his shorts. Who could say why? It’s just something that had sprung up between them — part of the nitwit, singsong routine that invariably took place whenever she appeared. By now, it had become a litany, practically. Plopman gritted his teeth, foreseeing twenty or thirty minutes of anguished lassitude while they shouted back and forth at each other through the door.

“Well,” called Mrs. Dunlap, next, just as she always did, “I thought that since whatever you had in there smells dead, you were probably boiling your shorts again, Mr. Plopman?”

“No, I’m not, Mrs. Dunlap,” called Plopman, just as he always did. “I’ve told you and told you — I never boil anything in my room; I don’t even own a hot plate.”

“Well, I wouldn’t like to admit to it either, Mr. Plopman, if I was the one who was in there with the door locked, boiling my shorts.”

“Neither would I, Mrs. Dunlap. But I’m not. So I can’t.

“Well, I can’t say I blame you for wanting to conceal your activities, Mr. Plopman. People who boil their shorts aren’t very welcome in polite society.

“I know that, Mrs. Dunlap. But the thing is, that’s not what I’m doing.” In short, a typical exchange.

As such, it dragged on with only minor variations for the next quarter of an hour; and when Mrs. Dunlap finally hobbled away, bound for the basement to check on the mouse traps, always her customary next stop after visiting Plopman’s door, Plopman at last had a chance to look down and take stock of himself. By then, of course, enough time had elapsed for heavy natural attrition to take its toll; his suit, he saw at a glance, was in a bad way, was on its last legs, in fact — tragically foundering. Because his eyes were still watering, it was hard for Plopman to tell whether the left sleeve had come apart before the right leg dropped off, or vice versa. But the whole spongy pink mass continued to sluff away at an alarming rate, unraveling on him even as he watched. In less than two minutes it was as good as gone — proof beyond question, were any needed, that Vienna sausages are far too glutinous and unstable ever to be much good for suit-making.
Plopman heaved a sigh. Damn. It was depressing to realize how miserably his suit had fared. And Mrs. Dunlap’s meddlesome, ill-timedintrusion. There had only been a few minutes in which to wear and admire his creation — so brief, so fleeting, it was — and she had effectively distracted him from any real enjoyment of it. It hardly seemed fair. But, standing there, now, knee-deep in the ruined and steaming pile of 2,976 malodorous little weenies, Plopman told himself that perhaps something might yet be salvaged from the experiment, provided he could locate some crackers and have those along with part of his suit for a late-afternoon snack, without poisoning himself. That was the thing; you couldn’t let an obsessive, unbalanced, crackpot personality like Mrs. Dunlap drag you down and mire you in defeat. You had to go ahead and make the best of things, no matter what.

Plopman began to feel more optimistic as he got busy rummaging in his closet — and the crackers turned up in fairly short order, only a little stale from having spent time under a pile of Plopman’s unlaundered shirts and socks. Plopman sat down on the edge of the bed to have his snack of crackers and suit, and at that moment the faint aroma of burning mattress wafted in through the open window. “Help! Where am I? Am I in hell?” he heard his neighbor across the courtyard holler.

Having read Ackerman’s story, Hockeny was laughing his arse off and he forgot all about in engaging in a five knuckle shuffle, since he knew from experience how challenging it was laugh and have an orgasm at the same time.